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Eating Like a Local in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city that lives to eat, offering diners the very best of China and beyond. Hong Kong provides culinary excitement whether you’re spending HK$20 on a bowl of noodles
or a whole wallet on fine cuisine. Hong Kong is an expensive place to dine by Chinese standards, but cheaper than most major world cities. Additionally, it has a more consistent quality of good food and service than most places in Mainland China.  Most people world-wide know Cantonese cuisine simply as “Chinese food” due to the high numbers of Cantonese that have emigrated to Chinatowns abroad.
Dim sum
The hallmark dish of Cantonese cuisine is dim sum. At any given dim sum restaurants you’ll see a soccer field-sized restaurant instead of hole in the wall place, though they can be found as well. Dim sum dining is also known as Yum Cha (literally meaning enjoying tea) because it usually goes with an unlimited pot of tea: usually Jasmine or Oolong.  Dishes in bamboo steamers are wheeled on a trolley so you can choose the one you want. The priced is based on its size and the quantity. Not only dim sum, also you’ll find cooked chicken feet, desert cake and meat balls.  For 100 HK$, three people can enjoy the full dim sum experience, including tea.
Street food
Hong Kongers’ love of eateries are not just happening in diners. It stretches to the corners of streets under the bright neon.  Rolled rice noodles are the hottest street food
in Hong Kong at the moment. Also Beijing and Shanghai style dumplings can be found.  Many different kinds of noodle soup and mixed noodles are in every corner of the city. From HK$6 to HK$15, the price varies. You can choose between wide, rice or ramen noodles. Cantonese food is known for its relatively bland taste because Cantonese people value the natural taste of the ingredients. Hence, the noodle soup is usually based on meat broth, and not spicy.  Try fish skin noodle soup and won ton soup; the former being very unique and the later, one of the best kinds soup in Hong Kong.  Boiled bok choy is always a good side dish.
Cooked food centres

If you want to feel the vibe somewhere in between street food and fine dining, don’t forget to visit the cooked food centres around the city. They’re similar to food courts in western counties, but the difference is the food is much better quality and freshly cooked. The best dishes I had in Hong Kong were mostly from cooked food centres.  There are a lot of little food stalls around the floor, and they serve different kinds of food.  You can choose one that suits your taste. From seafood to a simple noodle soup, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the food. Most of the basic dishes are cheaper than those in restaurants around town; and that’s the main reason why cooked food centres are loved by locals and travelers alike.  Famous cooked food centres are in Central, North Point and Mong Kok.
Chinese Bakeries
We all know European countries are famous for their bread.  They treat bread very seriously. Although Chinese people live by a bowl of rice and noodles, they love baked good as much as westerners. You’ll find all different kinds of bake goods that you’d never thought of: from pound cake with beef to deep fried sesame balls. The price is based on weight.  To name a few of my favourites: egg tart, deep fried sesame ball and coconut tart. All between HK$1 to HK$4.
By Juno Kim aka Runaway Juno
Hong Kong has a lot to offer, it is one of the best cities in the world for foodies and culinary travellers, don’t be afraid to try unfamiliar foods.